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Cordillera Solons expressed views on regional autonomy

RDC ExCom nixes bid to realign TPLEX

In a unanimous decision, members of the Cordillera RDC  Executive Committee agreed to pass a resolution opposing the proposed realignment of the Urdaneta-Rosario section (Section 3) of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway or TPLEX. The first realignment option (Alignment 1) being proposed by former Congressman Mark Cojuangco, would pass through Urdaneta City, then through San Fabian, Pangasinan,  and end at Brgy. Cataguintingan of Rosario, La Union.  This is about 1.48 kms. away from the original TPLEX end at Brgy. Subusob, Rosario. […]

RDC expounds on 2014 autonomy efforts

With all the major and trivial issues in maintstream media overshadowing Cordillera’s pursuit of genuine autonomy, the Cordillera Regional Development Council (CAR RDC) members conveyed that this endeavor is still and will continue to be a priority. During the Kapihan held on December 17, 2014 at the DOST-CAR Regional Office, La Trinidad, Benguet, CAR RDC Vice-Chairperson and NEDA Regional Director Milagros Rimando, DOST Director Julius Caesar Sicat, and Private Sector Representative John Bugaling answered all queries raised by RDC’s media partners. In […]

Advocating IPRA and monitoring its implementation top CIPC priority agenda for 2015

The CAR RDC Secom on Indigenous Peoples Concerns (CIPC) agreed that for 2015, the Secom’s focus shall be on the advocacy of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act, including the FPIC process and Section 12 that gives the IPs the option to have their ancestral lands titled under the provisions of Commonwealth Act  141. This was decided during the Secom’s meeting on January 8, 2015.  The members acknowledged that a clear and common understanding of IP-related policies and programs is a […]

RSDC set to request PSA for ethnolinguistic data to help explain Cordillerans’ health-seeking behavior, others

To provide more information on how culture and tradition affects the Cordillerans’ access to  health services and their attitude towards gender equality, the Cordillera Regional Social Development Committee (CAR RSDC) resolved to request the Philippine Statistics Authority to provide the CAR RDC with the region’s population data disaggregated by ethnolinguistic tribe, preferably down to the barangay level. This is in the light of the results of the 2013 National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) presented by Ms. Bettina Joy Villanueva […]

Stakeholders validate Cordillera Coffee Development Plan

Photo: NEDA-CAR Director Milagros Rimando leads the workshop “The Cordillera Café” during the Coffee Development Plan workshop on October 20 in Baguio City. BAGUIO CITY—Coffee stakeholders validated the Cordillera Coffee Development Plan to strengthen the promotion of coffee as the regional product during a workshop coordinated by NEDA-CAR last October 20. The stakeholders include coffee growers, millers, traders and exporters, specialty shop owners and retailers, regional agencies, local government units (LGUs), State Universities & Colleges (SUCs), and research and development […]

Cordillera RDC and Solons to strengthen ties

Photo: The Cordillera Solons, Ifugao Governer Denis Habawel, Apayao Governor Elias Bulut Jr., RDC Chair Eustaquio Bersamin and Vice-Chair Milagros Rimando discuss how to strengthen the ties between the RDC and the CAR Representatives during the Advisory Committee Meeting last October 29 at the House of Representatives, Quezon City. The CAR Regional Development Council and the region’s Representatives vowed to work closely together for the funding of the Regional Development Investment Program (RDIP), a companion document of the Regional Development […]

RDC, DepEd continue IEC on autonomy in Ifugao

LAGAWE, IFUGAO—The Regional Development Council and the Department of Education carry on with the information campaign on autonomy for teachers here last October 25. Mr. Ramon Dacawi, who is a native of Ifugao, shared the history of the region’s pursuit of autonomy. “The most neglected but the most important purpose of Executive Order (EO) 220 is the third one—‘to prepare the establishment of an autonomous region in the Cordilleras,’” he said. According to Section 3 of EO 220, CAR shall […]

CAR Organization of Regional and Local Planners Imminent

PUGO, LA UNION— Planners from regional line agencies and local government units set their hopes in organizing themselves into a network as revealed during the most-awaited Cordillera Planners’ Conference on November 4-5 coordinated by NEDA-CAR. NEDA-CAR Director Milagros Rimando steered the discussion underscoring the benefits in the form of networking opportunities, access to databases, support system, further education and training, advocacies and civic leadership. A core group of volunteers led in the interim by Ifugao Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator […]

RDC approves resolution to urge DENR, NCIP to issue IPRA’s Section 12 IRR

BAGUIO CITY—The Regional Development Council (RDC) Full Council approved the resolution requesting the Oversight Committee of Congress to compel NCIP and DENR to issue the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Section 12 of Republic Act 8371 or the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997 during their meeting, coordinated by NEDA-CAR, on October 8. Section 12 of IPRA provides that in individual members of Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICCs)/ Indigenous Peoples (IPs), who by themselves or through their predecessors have […]

RDC conducts IEC for Kalinga municipalities

TABUK, KALINGA—The Regional Development Council (RDC), through the Social Preparation of CAR into an Autonomous Region (SPCAR), conducted an information campaign on autonomy for the representatives of some municipalities of Kalinga at the Kalinga-Apayao State College Audio-Visual Centeron September 27, 2014. More than 150 youth, women, elders ad from the municipalities of Balbalan, Lubuagan, Pasil, Tanudan, Tinglayan and the city of Tabuk attended. The said event is part of the RDC’s Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign and is in […]